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2021 SAFTAs Winners, Snubs and Surprises of the Night

This year’s 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), which took place this past weekend, were absolutely riveting. The annual award show has grown since the inclusion of shows from streaming platforms such as Showmax and Netflix, which are pitted against traditional silver screen shows. However, the fierce competition has proven that local productions still have a loyal audience, and that South Africa’s international audience is lapping up all the juicy plots. Netflix’s How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding was the biggest winner of the night after bagging six awards. Previous all-round winner The River followed closely with its lead…

The Top 2021 South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTAs) Nominees

The 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) have released their much-awaited annual nominees list for the upcoming 2021 award ceremony set to be held in May. This year’s edition is admittedly remarkable with newcomer Netflix South Africa landing 45 spots on the nominations list. How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding leads the pack with 10 nominations. This year’s awards will prove very competitive with telenovela favourites from local production house Tshedza Pictures The River and newcomer Legacy earning 12 nominations each.How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding is admittedly the best limited TV comedy series to have come out of…

Netflix Cancels Second Season of ‘Queen Sono’ Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

According to The Citizen, Netflix has decided that Africa’s first Original Series, Queen Sono, will not go ahead for a second season. This comes after initial reports in April of this year that Queen Sono had been given the thumbs-up for a second season. Speculations on the possible reasons for halting the show vary, according to IOL. However, Netflix cited difficulties in filming due to challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read: ‘Queen Sono’ is the Bad-Ass Women-Led African Spy Thriller Like No Other: Here’s What its Stars Have to Say About It.Queen Sono lead, Pearl Thusi, released a bittersweet…

South African Comedian Tyson Ngubeni Leads Star-Studded Cast in Chicken Licken’s Viral Ad

South African fried chicken franchise Chicken Licken’s new ad “Soul Food For A Soul Nation” features the talented comedian Tyson Ngubeni and other young brilliant creatives. The ad makes light of the ongoing national lockdown during the current Covid-19 pandemic and will have you chuckling endlessly.READ: South African Comedian Tyson Ngubeni’s Skits Shine Amid LockdownThe ad aims to honour those ordinary South Africans who have kept themselves entertained during the lockdown. The video shows all the events that have taken place during the lockdown including: the girlfriend that was snuck in by her boyfriend in the boot of his car, regulations…